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Typhoon Sanba 2012: 2 Koreas Battered After Rains Drench Japan

Typhoon Sanba

HYUNG-JIN KIM   09/17/12 11:18 PM ET  AP

SEOUL, South Korea — A powerful typhoon lashed North and South Korea with strong wind and heavy rain, killing two people in landslides, leaving hundreds of others homeless and triggering blackouts in the South, officials said Tuesday.

In North Korea, rain drenched parts of the country, including the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, but did not reach the capital, Pyongyang, which was windy Monday but spared the heavy rains that lashed the South Korean capital.

Typhoon Sanba, which battered southern South Korea around midday Monday, pushed northward and moved into eastern waters, where it weakened and lost energy on Tuesday morning. North Korean didn't get a direct hit but was affected by the storm's outer bands, South Korean weather officials said.

More than 3,700 homes and shops in South Korea remained without power Tuesday but officials were expected to restore power later in the day, the state-run National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.

A woman died in a landslide in southeastern South Korea, and a man died in a separate landslide, agency officials said. Two people were injured and about 560 people were left homeless, they said.

Before reaching South Korea, the storm hit Japan. One man drowned in high waves, about 67,000 homes in southwestern Japan lost power and some areas flooded.

There were no immediate official reports from North Korea on whether the storm caused any damage there. Dozens there were killed in a typhoon last month, and the country suffered flooding and drought earlier in the year.

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Associated Press writer Jean H. Lee contributed to this report from Pyongyang, North Korea.

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  • In this photo released by Yeosu City and distributed via Yonhap News Agency, high waves caused by Typhoon Sanba crash on beach in Yeosu, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Yeosu City via Yonhap)

  • Local resident Bae Yang-soon, 70, cries on the broken road after the area was hit by Typhoon Sanba in Yeosu, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Hyung Min-soo)

  • In this photo released by Yeosu City and distributed via Yonhap News Agency, high waves caused by Typhoon Sanba crash on beach in Yeosu, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Yeosu City via Yonhap)

  • Employees of a hotel retrieve a bench in the strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Sanba in Yeosu, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Hyung Min-soo)

  • Strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Sanba whip beachside area in Yeosu, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Hyung Min-soo)

  • High waves caused by Typhoon Sanba crash on Haeundae beach in Busan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Jo Jung-ho)

  • High waves, caused by Typhoon Sanba, crash on a seaside road in Yeosu, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Hyung Min-soo)

  • A woman holds an umbrella against the strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Sanba in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Filipino boys ride makeshift floaters while scavenging for items to sell in suburban Malabon, north of Manila, Philippines, on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Workers tried to clear out areas where garbage had clogged drainage systems and waterways a day after heavy rains spawned by Typhoon Sanba, local name Karen, flooded low-lying areas of metropolitan Manila. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • A resident wades through a flooded street following heavy rains spawned by typhoon Sanba (local name "Karen") Saturday Sept. 15, 2012 at San Juan city, East of Manila, Philippines. The rains flooded low-lying areas of metropolitan Manila forcing the cancellation of classes and the evacuation of hundreds of residents in affected areas. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)



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